By pursuing a graduate degree in Design at the University of North Texas, you'll become part of an innovative design community where scholarship, research and creativity flourish.
Our graduate Design programs offer you the opportunity to:
You can pursue either a Master of Fine Arts degree or Master of Arts degree in Design in one of four different concentrations.
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks our M.F.A. program among the best in the nation. M.F.A. concentrations are available in:
The curriculum is divided into two sequences so you gain a deep understanding of pedagogy and studio/research.
In the pedagogy sequence, you'll learn basic education practices such as the development of outcome objectives, grading criteria and university practices. The studio/research sequence involves identifying and developing a research agenda necessary for success professionally and in a university environment.
The M.A. degree features concentrations in Design Research or Interior Design For Sustainability. The program adds to the knowledge you've gained through professional activities and other academic disciplines. We teach you how to blend those experiences with evidence-based research that supports design processes. This results in new ways of:
The new Interior Design For Sustainability concentration is the only M.A. program of its kind in the state. It provides you with a variety of proficiencies and understandings that address sustainable project management practices, research methods, problem solving, critical thinking, graphic and written communication, ethics and social responsibility.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the most comprehensive arts and design programs at a public university in the U.S. It's also considered one of the best art schools in the American south and Southwest. Our state-of-the-art facilities include:
Other educational assets include the Jo Ann (Jody) and Dr. Charles O. Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts, the Print Research Institute of North Texas, an extensive art and library collection, and the Texas Fashion Collection.
In addition to exceptional studio, exhibition and campus resources, you can participate in a wide variety of cultural and career options available throughout Dallas and Fort Worth. An active visiting artists/ scholars program will expose you to artists and design professionals from around the globe. We also offer opportunities to study and travel in foreign countries.
You'll need to apply to both the Toulouse Graduate School ® and the Department of Design. Admission requirements for the graduate school are available at the grad school website or the UNT degree catalog. The department's admission requirements are outlined below.
The department's application deadline is Jan. 5 for the fall semester and Oct. 1 for the spring semester. Please note that the application deadline for the graduate school is different so visit the grad school website for its application deadline.
Fashion Design or Interior Design
Interior Design For Sustainability
The college offers teaching fellowships, teaching assistantships and scholarships to help you pursue your graduate degree.
The Academic Achievement Scholarships are available to M.F.A. and Ph.D. students during their first year of study and qualifies them for in-state tuition rates. The scholarships are renewable for a second year.
For more information about assistantships and fellowships, contact the design department. Information about other financial aid is available at the financial aid website
Clinton Carlson, Assistant Professor; M.Des., University of Alberta. Designing and testing alternative communication systems to improve public safety during food recalls; using participatory design methods to develop health-related visual communications in micro-community settings.
Michael R. Gibson, Associate Professor; M.F.A., University of Michigan. Interaction and user-experience design; community-based and service-based participatory design; design education planning and practice.
Eric Ligon, Professor; M.F.A., University of North Texas. Typography; publication design; brand development.
Keith Owens, Associate Professor; M.F.A., West Texas State University. Design education; design research; ethical design publication and practice.
Li-Fen Anny Chang, Associate Professor; M.A., Texas Woman's University. Creative apparel; patternmaking; draping; personal fitting and design; couture sewing.
Marian O'Rourke-Kaplan, Associate Professor; M.B.A., National University. Tailoring; draping; knit design and construction; conceptual design; merchandising for ready-to- wear; fitting; patternmaking.
Janie Stidham, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University. Upcycling/recycling materials for fashion design; surface design; couture embroidery techniques.
Cynthia Mohr, Professor and Department Chair; M.S., Oklahoma State University. Intersections of place, pedagogy and culture; sustainable design strategies.
Bruce Nacke, Associate Professor; M.Arch., Texas A&M University. Lighting design; residential interior design; sustainable design strategies.
Jin Gyu "Phillip" Park, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Healing environments for pediatric patients; evidence-based design in healthcare environments.
Johnnie Stark, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator; M.F.A., University of North Texas. Commercial interior design practice; sustainable design strategies.
Department of Design